Governor Cuomo Announces $1 Million Grand Prize Winner of GENIUS NY, the World's Largest UAS Business Competition

Sentient Blue Wins GENIUS NY $1 Million Grand Prize; Four Other Finalists Receive $500,000 Investments as Part of $3 Million Awarded to Innovative Companies that will Now Operate in Syracuse

April 10, 2019

$15 Million Invested Over Three Rounds of Competition

GENIUS NY Program Builds on Progress of CNY Rising - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the winner of the $1 million grand prize from Round Three of the GENIUS NY accelerator is Sentient Blue, a team from Italy. The GENIUS NY program is the world's largest business competition focused on unmanned systems, cross-connected platforms and other technology-based sectors. EagleHawk from Buffalo, Vermeer from Brooklyn, Resilienx from Syracuse and Civdrone from Israel each were awarded investments of $500,000. Resilienx was also named the crowd favorite in a live poll taken during the event. New York State has now invested $15 million in Genius NY over three rounds of the competition.

"The GENIUS NY competition is transforming the economic landscape of Central New York by attracting the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs," Governor Cuomo said. "By investing in the unmanned aerial system businesses, we are ensuring that New York continues to establish itself as the leader in this burgeoning industry that is bringing jobs and economic growth to the Central New York region."

"Business plan competitions like GENIUS NY are changing the game across the state with innovative new start-ups and good-paying jobs," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Central New York is being recognized worldwide as a leader in the unmanned aerial systems industry because of unprecedented state support and investments. I congratulate the winner and finalists of this year's competition, and I look forward to seeing more of the groundbreaking ideas that allow this advanced technology to revitalize and transform New York State."

Read the complete press release here.